Weather

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More than 140-thousand customers of Dominion Virginia Power are still without power after last night's storm took down trees and powerlines with winds that reached 70 miles an hour.

Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed in Virginia

Feb 25, 2016
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The day after Virginia was battered by at least three confirmed tornadoes, Governor Terry McAuliffe visited the hardest-hit regions of the state to assess the damage.

The governor visited Appomattox—where one of the state’s four tornado deaths was recorded as a funnel cloud left an 8-to-10 mile path of debris, and injured seven. About 100 structures were damaged-- 20 severely-- including some that were flattened.

Wet Weekend

Oct 2, 2015
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With flood warnings still in place from a drenching earlier this week, Virginians are bracing for another dose of rain through the weekend.

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A flash flood watch is in effect for Virginia through Saturday night.

The National Weather Service says rain will become widespread and increase in intensity over saturated ground, increasing the risk of landslides.

Rainfall amounts are expected to total 2 to 5 inches in some places. And that's well before any possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin moving up the East Coast.

A gale warning also has been posted for coastal areas.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia "dodged a bullet" with Hurricane Joaquin.

Already in the U.S. this year, 20 children have died after being left in hot cars, prompting warnings from police and public health departments.   Williamsburg recently declared a heat emergency, and Richmond and its residents took action.

Richmond opened three special cooling centers where people could go to escape temperatures in the 90’s, and officials reminded residents to drink plenty of water.  Rob Lawrence, who oversees the city’s fleet of 43 ambulances, says people seem to have gotten the message.

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